January 22, 2001
University Of Michigan Health System
A new University of Michigan Health System study suggests that, contrary to expectations, the deaf-blind can indeed regain significant ability to recognize speech. The authors report significant improvement in eight deaf-blind patients who received a cochlear implant -- a device that translates sound into electrical impulses that are delivered directly to the inner ear.
People who have lost both their vision and their hearing face a daunting challenge in our world of communication based on sight and sound. Without the ability to use visual or aural clues to help them comprehend text, images, or speech, they have few options.
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